Ajinkya Rahane is recalled by India for the match against Australia in the World Test Championship final
A former Test captain hasn’t participated in a Test match since 2022. In June, India will play Australia at the Oval in the final match of the World Cup.
Ajinkya Rahane is called back into the squad for the WTC final
The World Test Championship final between India and Australia at the Oval in June will feature middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.
The ICC World Test Championship final between India and Australia will be played at The Oval in London from June 7 to 11, and Ajinkya Rahane was recalled to the Indian Test squad because of his background and recent performance.
In Cape Town in January 2022, Rahane played the 82nd and final Test of his career against South Africa.
The former vice-captain, Rahane, played his last Test match in January 2022, but he is currently dominating the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.
Reasons for including Rahane in the team
With Shreyas Iyer out with a back injury that required surgery, India has reverted to Rahane, who averages 38.52 in Tests and has 12 centuries to his credit. His recent form in the IPL is also one of the reasons that selectors have called him back to the squad. He is performing at an astonishing strike rate and consistency for Chennai Super Kings in the on going IPL 2023.
Indian Squad Includes
With Rishabh Pant, the preferred wicketkeeper, still recovering from a car accident in December, KS Bharat kept his spot behind the stumps.
Jasprit Bumrah, who is finishing his recovery after having a back operation last month, will also be absent from India’s pace attack.
Six specialized batters and three spin all-rounders, including Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel, make up the 15-member team led by captain Rohit Sharma.
On Monday night, the five-person BCCI selection panel met to choose the team. Secretary Jay Shah, Captain Rohit Sharma, and Rahul Dravid were present.
WTC Final 2021
India made it to the first WTC final in June 2021, but New Zealand defeated them in a rain-delayed match in Southampton by an eight-wicket margin.
Indian Squad for the WTC 2023 Final
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, and Mohammed Siraj.
Although there isn’t a designated vice-captain for the WTC final, Chesteshwar Pujara, who served as Sharma’s backup in the last two Test matches against Australia at home, is likely to be asked to do the job once more.
Earlier this month, Australia released its lineup for the match beginning on June 7.